During times of political turmoil over the past 150 years, literati from Mainland China took refuge in Hong Kong. They would form various shi- and ci-poetry societies to carry on the Chinese poetic tradition. It is a pity that the poetry of most of these societies has not been published before. In order to uncover a hidden splendor, this volume, a sequel to the previous compilation, An Annotated Bibliography of the Classical Writings of Hong Kong Poets which focused on individual poets’ works, introduces almost 150 shi- and ci-poetry societies active in Hong Kong from the late Qing Dynasty up to 1997 with the annotation of 49 anthologies compiled by 36 poetry societies. Annotation includes basic bibliographic information and literary commentaries that help to understand the formation, periods of activity, membership, events and the collected poetry of these societies. Together, these two bibliographies, pioneer compilations on a topic never previously covered, offer invaluable information on the understanding of the development of classical Chinese literature in Hong Kong, and form a very worthwhile and unique addition to the research tools in Hong Kong literature.
Y. W. Chau, a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, has been serving in the library of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her publications include A Hanlin Scholar’s Legacy: Handwritten Letters to Lai Chi-hsi from Distinguished Contemporaries, House of a Hundred Teapots: Painting and Calligraphy Treasures in Tribute to Mr. Li King-hong, An Annotated Bibliography of the Classical Writings of Hong Kong Poets, and From the Treasure House: Jewels from the Library of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, etc.